Nordic World Ski Championships 2017 Odds
Every two years in winter sports FIS Nordic Ski World Championship takes place. The 2017 edition of the tournament will take place in Lahti, Finland on Salpausselka venue. This will be the seventh time this finish city has organized such an event, with the last one being in 2001. The tournament starts on February 22nd and will last until March 5th.
In general, FIS World Nordic Championship is one of the tournaments with the longest tradition in winter sports, with the first tournament taking place in 1925. It is interesting that Lahti organized the second tournament, in 1926. From 1985 onwards, the championship takes place every two years, after previously being organized every four years. Norway is by far the most successful Nordic nation with 324 medals, 126 of them being gold. Hosts Finland follow their arch-rival, but are distant second with 195 medals overall.
Nordic Championship is generally organized in three separate events: cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping. Every event is divided into women and men separate competitions with a few mixed ones as well. We will take a look at a few names to follow for the upcoming FIS World Nordic Championship.
Russian cross-country skier Sergey Ustiugov is probably one of the favorites for the upcoming sprint race. Ustjungov is second to Pal Golberg in the sprint event of the FIS roos-country world cup but also take second in the overall rankings. 24-year old Russian is in great form lately, winning several events in the new year and he will surely play a big role in the sprint event. He will be rivaled by Martin Johnsrud Sundby, who is the overall leader of the World cup, after a brilliant start of the season. He may not be the top sprint athlete, but his experience and performances this season gives him the right to also be considered for a medal here.
Distance events are probably one of the most exhausted Nordic events in this competition, with 15km to 30km starts being generally very hard to complete. At this championship we will be looking at three separate distance events and we have one favorite for the golden medal here in Martin Johnsrud Sundby. The Norwegian athlete tops the Distance events so far, with a couple of hundred points ahead of Matti Heikkinen. Sundby managed to climb on the podium for couple of distance events this year, so we can expect him to play a big part. Everything but a clear win for him at at least two events, can be seen as a surprise.
Although it is not considered to be a top event for the skiing championship, it is still a big deal to win this tournament. Skiing has lately been all about new year hills, so this just comes as an additional tournament. For the Nordic World championship, Slovenian Peter Prevc might be the guy for the big result as he is currently by far the most competitive and most interesting figure in the world of ski jumping. He already won several cups and competitions in 2016/2017 season and this could easily cap off a tremendous year for the 24-year old.
The odds on Nordic World Ski Championships 2017 is in the menu to the left.